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Gerald McCoy Injury Creates Big Opportunity For Several On Cowboys Defensive Front

The Dallas Cowboys put a lot of resources into building their defensive front this offseason. Veteran Gerald McCoy was arguably the key piece in those additions after signing a three-year, $18 million dollar deal in March, and was set to be the Cowboys starter at the 3-tech. Unfortunately, McCoy suffered a ruptured right quadriceps muscle on Monday, effectively ending his 2020 season.

This is a huge blow to the Cowboys defense, to say the least. However, unlike years past, the Cowboys are more equipped to handle such a loss with the bodies they have along the defensive front, and the opportunity for several to step in McCoy’s absence is front and center.

Tyrone Crawford, who had a great shot to be the starter at right defensive end opposite DeMarcus Lawrence, will now slide inside to take the reigns at the 3-tech which he has plenty of experience doing in the past. From 2015 to 2018 Crawford gave the Cowboys anywhere between four to 5.5 sacks before only playing in four games in 2019 due to hip issues, which he had surgically repaired in the offseason. His flexibility will be needed with McCoy out for the year and also his guidance for the younger guys along the defensive line.

Neville Gallimore, who was picked in the third round of the 2020 NFL Draft, was primarily looked at as the backup to Dontari Poe at the 1-tech. Now, he’ll have the opportunity to play with him at the 3-tech with his position flex. Gallimore’s quick feet, power, and non-stop motor will be needed even more to make up for the McCoy loss.

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He’s already receiving praise from the aforementioned Crawford who spoke about the rookie on Monday:

“Animal. I like him a lot. I think he’s got everything you need. He gets off the ball, he’s got power. He plays like a professional already and he acts like it as well. I feel like he’s got a huge future, a huge future with the Cowboys. I hope he just keeps his head down and works and does what he does, because he’s a beast.”

Maybe the most intriguing player with an opportunity to step up with McCoy out is 2019 second-round pick Trysten Hill. He struggled to make an impact only playing 121 snaps last season in seven games. Now, he’ll get a lot more opportunities to contribute as he’ll join Crawford and Gallimore to make a formidable three-man rotation at the 3-tech.

The Cowboys defense took a major hit losing McCoy on Monday. However, the talent they have to make up for it is there, it’s just a matter of them showing it when it counts.

What do you think?

Matthew Lenix

Written by Matthew Lenix

I write dope stuff about the Dallas Cowboys and what not.

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  1. This is a real opportunity for these two highly drafted guys. If they both pan out than this might mean the end for McCoy all together. We’ll see.

    • It’s the end for Mccoy already!! We let him go last nite!! And I for one think that was a stupid thing to do!! We had him signed for 3 years and just because he’s gonna be out this season we let him go!? That’s crazy!! We should’ve kept him and just put him on IR so we could have him for next season!! But now he’s more than likely going to a different team next season!!

  2. I agree with Eric, if these young guys show out this could be the end before it even begibs for McCoy as a Cowboy. Not only that I will throw in just how valuable Crawford us once again for this team. Seems every year people look to write him off and wish of cutting him yet each year except ladt year he has been the band aid that plugs in at whichever position along the line where needed and is a solid producer. He doesnt have great sack numbers but he has had solid numbers across the board every season. Hes more than been reliable and needed now more than ever.

  3. I would be happy if we hit on one of the two Hill/Gallimore, both would be amazing. Brandon good assessment of Crawford…one of those underrated glue guys that does things that don’t show up in the box score. Every coach and team needs a Crawford !

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